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Kinvarra Farm Hits the Jackpot in Vegas at the AON USHJA National Championships

Adeline Cordin-Blitstein earned the Adult Amateur Jumper Championship and the Leading Owner, while trainer Janet Sassmannshausen won the Leading Trainer Award. PC Andrew Ryback Photography

Las Vegas, NV - November 21, 2018 - Kinvarra Farm of St. Charles, Illinois made the trip to Sin City for the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships held at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center and had nothing but rave reviews on all aspects of the show. In addition to their victories, the group had a fantastic time taking advantage of all Las Vegas has to offer. The long trip paid off as their riders hit the championship jackpot.
The Championship, managed by Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Chicago area show manager, Patrick Boyle, hosted a unique format for finalists of the USHJA Championship. Hunter divisions had a Welcome Stake, a Handy Hunter, a two round Classic and an Under Saddle. Jumper divisions boasted a Welcome Stake, a Speed Class and a $10,000 Grand Prix. The Saturday night feature was the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Las Vegas with special attractions for the entire family in pure Las Vegas Style.
“We traveled the distance because we knew with Pat Boyle at the helm it was going to be a great show and we were not disappointed,” commented Kinvarra Farm owner/trainer Janet Sassmannshausen. “The stabling is great, the footing is perfect, the rings are beautiful, the awards and presentations are gorgeous and it’s so convenient! You walk right from your hotel room to the stabling and you can see the live stream of the horse show in your room! You have gambling, movies, bowling and restaurants all under one roof yet you’re close to the main strip to catch a show or zip line! It was really a fun time.”

Adeline Cordin-Blitstein shares a high five with show manager Patrick Boyle. PC Andrew Ryback Photography

In addition to all the Vegas fun, Kinvarra Farm horses performed to earn National honors. Adeline Cordin-Blitstein of Indian Head Park, Illinois, riding her own Vince, earned the Championship in the Adult Amateur Jumper division. She also rode her way to the Leading Adult Jumper Owner and earned her trainer the Leading Trainer Award. Cordin-Blitstein has had Vince for almost seven years and got him as a four year old.
“I’ve had so many ups and downs this year and this was just the icing on the cake,” said Cordin-Blitstein. 

Denim Welhouse and Brownland's Last Call collect the High Score Pony Award. PC Tricia Booker/USHJA

Arkham Investment’s Brownland’s Last Call won the High Score Pony Award and was Reserve Champion Pony with Denim Welhouse in the irons.

Wynn Filipowski took top honors in the Lead Line with Sophie's Charm, ending his lead line career in winning style. The little rider has also earned top calls in the division at prestigious shows such as Devon and the Hampton Classic and will now move on to the walk-trot division.

Wynn Filipowski with Sophie's Charm in the Lead Line. PC Andrew Ryback Photography

“Thank you to Pat Boyle, USHJA and Blenheim Equisports for a fantastic show,” added Sassmannshausen.
Kinvarra Farm would like to congratulate all of their K-Crew Illinois Hunter Jumper Association year-end award winners, who attended the gala the same weekend. Here’s to a successful 2018 and an even better 2019!

Riders from Kinvarra Farm head to the George Morris Chicago Clinic for Thanksgiving weekend for some education from the legendary horseman. 

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  Kinvarra Farm
  6 N 911 Rt 25
  St. Charles, IL 60174

 Trainers Janet and Ryan Sassmansshausen

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Denim Welhouse and Brownland's Last Call.

Wynn Filipowski walking the course. PC Alden Corrigan Media

Zip line on Fremont Street.

Denim Welhouse and Brownland's Last Call.  PC Andrew Ryback Photography

Vince and Adeline Cordin-Blitstein
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